George Burley remains coy over Edgar Davids' arrival

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Imagine my surprise as I looked down at my phone on a grey and stormy Wednesday and read a text message saying that Crystal Palace are in talks to sign one Edgar Davids.

The fiery, hard tackling, technically brilliant, ex-Ajax, Barcelona, Inter and AC Milan and Holland legend you ask? Well it happens to be the very same.

He also happens to be the 37 year-old Edgar Davids who hasn’t played competitive football for two years since his retirement from Ajax in 2008.

Palace fan, are certainly used to ups and downs, and yes he may be past his best, but this would still be an exciting signing for the Eagles.

Whilst any potential move for Davids would break from the ‘youth and sensible financial spending’ mould that the CPFC 2010 consortium promised, it could just be a stroke of genius from whoever is behind the deal.

Davids has had his years of playing for the world’s best clubs and earning excessive wages and he has also tried his hand at punditry, so he wouldn’t be financially driven by a move to the Championship.

It is rumoured he fancies a change in lifestyle and a return to competitive football.

This signing could be just what Palace need.

A pay-as-you-play deal would hardly break the bank and his arrival would be sure to bring a lot of revenue to Selhurst Park through shirt sales, increased ticket sales and TV coverage.

You don’t even need to stop there, as I’m sure sales of tinted sun glasses and dread-locked wigs in the area would increase heavily!

On a more serious note, he could be just what Palace need on the pitch.

The Eagles have a relatively young side, having lost the services of Shaun Derry, Matt Lawrence and Clint Hill, and Davids could bring a much needed influence to the team.

His experience would no doubt have a positive influence on academy graduates such as Nataniel Clyne, Kieron Cadogan and Wilfried Zaha et al.

Also with Derry going, the closest that Palace have to a defensive midfielder is Alassane N’Diaye; and surely playing alongside Davids for a season would only benefit him.

The signing would also send out a message of intent to other potential transfer targets and David's presence could be enough to make them want to ply their trade for Crystal Palace.

So I will sit by my phone with baited breath and hope that the next text I receive will bring me the news that Edgar Davids is officially an Eagle!

*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.


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